A week ago I realized I had missed putting out the feeder for the May 1 arrival of the orioles. So I loaded it up with oranges and grape jelly and hung it out to see if I was too late to tempt them.
Sad to say, I haven't seen or heard an oriole this year. Either they didn't show up or I was oblivious when they arrived.
The feeder has been very busy even without the orioles. The catbirds have been enjoying both the oranges and the grape jelly.
The house finches are also fruit eaters. This male and female will be bringing their hatchlings soon. I can imagine the hatchlings being very disappointed when they mature and realize that grape jelly is not a normal part of bird feeder fare.
And, when the birds aren't there these little butterflies come and enjoy orange juice.